ABOUT US

Zoe Lewis Architects Ltd.

About Us

We are an Architectural Practice based in central Reading, Berkshire. We are highly experienced in the residential sector, both private and commercial new-build, extensions and conversions, with a strong interest in the historic environment.  As a Practice we aim to create uplifting spaces through intelligent design in response to client brief, budget and location. We do not believe in standard solutions and since every project is unique, each is examined from first principles such as site orientation to achieve the optimum solution.
In designing new buildings we seek to make a positive contribution to the property, location, the environment and the community.  We also employ a close network of experienced, complementary technical and design consultants such as structural engineers, planning consultants, landscape and interior designers as well as tree and bat consultants.

If you have any queries about a building project and would like to arrange a consultation just click on our contact page at the top to send an e-mail or contact us by phone.

    

Charity

Just Giving

We are currently supporting Refuge.

Refuge provide expert, specialist support to women&children fleeing domestic violence.

 

TEAM

Experts ready to serve.

Director/Architect

Zoe Lewis

Director/Project Manager

Micheal Smith

Architectural Assistant

Ehsan Behroozinobar

RIBA

Zoe Lewis is a Chartered Architect with 20 years experience covering projects in a variety of sectors; residential, retail, commercial, mixed use and schools.  She has obtained planning consent for sensitive rural and urban sites and, on a daily basis, co-ordinates multi-disciplinary consultant teams for projects from initial stages to completion on site.

Zoe is a member of the RIBA Women is Architecture group in Reading, providing support for other members and promoting Architecture through work experience and mentoring.

Zoe is a strong advocate for community and the practice provides structured work experience positions every year for students from Secondary Level and up.

Zoe lives near Reading with her husband and dog in rural bliss.

APM

Micheal brings more than 20 years of trade based construction and construction management experience to the team.  This experience allows Micheal to provide a unique service when aiding clients with their project.  A qualified Project Manager with in depth knowledge of the many aspects of construction able to advise clients on all areas of their build.

MArch

Ehsan graduated with a Master`s degree in Architecture (M.Arch) specialising in Advanced Architectural Design with honours from Oxford Brookes University in 2016, also he has an interior architecture degree with distinction from University of Science & Culture in Tehran.

 

Ehsan joined ZLA as a Part II architectural assistance in 2016. He has designed a wide range of projects, in particular, residential and mixed-use, cultural complexes and landscape in Tehran. He believes, complex structures that demand highly advanced technological methods of design, these are the product of creating unique ideas and diligent practice. He is interested in Fluid & Parametric architectural design.

SERVICES

This is what we do.

TESTIMONIALS

What our customers have said.

Upon first meeting Zoe, it was clear that she had a passion for design and period properties. Her enthusiasm for our extension was clear and over the course of the design and drawing process she suggested a number of useful ideas and solutions that helped create a set of very impressive flat and 3D drawings. During the construction period things ran smoothly and thanks to the first class builders, recommended by Zoe and her team, our extension was finished on time, on budget and above our expectations.

Mr & Mrs Joy

What can we say except that the end result exceeds our expectations! If we had the opportunity to start again, nothing would be changed. Walking through to the new area it is not immediately obvious exactly where the old house finished and the new part starts although there is a clue with the heightened ceiling. Several of our friends have been over and all comments range from the normal “wow” to a more quantified “you just cannot imagine something so special is inside when looking from the front of the house”. We always challenge to see what they really think and there have been no negatives, only mild jealousy! When I consider back to the initial kick off meeting and our detailed sketches of what we wanted to the end result there is no comparison. You were able to interpret our need, politely state we were wrong and provide nicer solutions. There were of course many more items that evolved, but it is amazing how complex things can be when you consider the extension was only a three-sided box 3.6m deep x 9m wide. The use of your services at the outset was a great investment as it is far easier to change, challenge understand, maximise and evolve when the design is only in electronic images and drawings. Of equal importance is the fact that you did not overstep your role and included within the design some of our ideas and desires even if you were not totally convinced. To us, this was important. Special mention must be given to Micheal for the expert project management during the actual build. He really did have his finger on the pulse, delivering timely answers and solutions to all the issues encountered as the build progressed. I am well aware he was regularly present during the day when we were not available and provided a decision looking at the problem from our perspective. It was our original intention to undertake our own project management and I think it would have resulted in significantly more cost and a longer build time due to our lack of expertise on building regulations, advanced construction methods and expected quality levels. Excellent service all round, with the added benefit that he has a sense of humour! As important, was the fact that (my wife) who was the only person available some days was never intimidated or reluctant to challenge and ask questions. Additional clarification and advice was always forthcoming in a pleasant and constructive manner. You really appear to have a niche in the market for maximising and optimising “standard” house extensions and making them just that little bit special or as Denise puts it “Our mini grand design”. Sincere thanks.

Mr & Mrs Hermon

We found Zoe very friendly, approachable and more importantly experienced in our type of project. Modifying, old Victorian terraced style properties are never easy but Zoe understood our brief and worked with us throughout to develop and evolve the scheme. Zoe dealt with the planning and building control departments and the whole process appeared effortless due to the attention to detail and professionalism of the design. Our project involved a single story side extension to square off the existing building and create an open plan kitchen / family room, further works involved relocating the staircase to create a downstairs wet room and relocating the upstairs bathroom into the space created by the relocated staircase which allowed one of the bedrooms to double in size by extending into the space created by relocating the bathroom! We are delighted with the end result and would have no hesitation in working with Zoe again or recommending Zoe to others.

Mr P Capel

We contacted Zoe in order to produce the design and plans for our office conversion. From the first meeting we had Zoe immediately added huge value and input into the process. From talking through the options we had to explaining how to approach building and planning regulations and identifying what needed to be done. Zoe worked with us to produce a plan which fitted in with our budget and our ideas for the office space. We had no issues with the planning and our builders were able to follow the plans and execute the build with minimum fuss. Zoe was prompt and on time with all the work she produced and was happy to answer questions and provide follow up information when required. I would have no hesitation in recommending Zoe to other potential customers.

Mr G Baghrit

Zoe has done an excellent job on many occasions, she is able to produce work to a high standard and does it with expert knowledge. I would highly recommend Zoe to all.

Mr A Perrot

Our brief for Zoe was exactly that.....brief.....a single storey extension with some of the garden removed to make a patio, once the existing conservatory had been removed. Zoe was extremely patient with us as neither of us really knew what we wanted, we just knew that we needed a replacement for our conservatory. Once the plans were agreed, Zoe gave us a rough ball park figure of how much we could expect the build to be which, as I had never dealt with an architect before, I didn't expect her to know. Zoe took care of all the planning consent and building control which made getting the whole project off the ground hassle free. When the time came to look for a builder to carry out the work, we had a builder in mind but asked if Zoe knew anyone that she had worked with before. We went on holiday and Zoe took care of sending the plans out to the builders asking them to contact us directly if they were interested in quoting for the works by the time we returned the quotes were already coming in and they were very close to the ball park figure that Zoe gave us. Now the build is complete and Zoe's idea to put a pitched roof in instead of a sloping roof has totally transformed the whole finished build - it looks amazing and I know that it wouldn't have been achieved if we went with a sloping roof. We have absolutely no reservations about recommending Zoe or using her for any future projects we may have.

Mr & Mrs Woodcock

After meetings with a couple of potential alternative Architects, and a certain amount of frustration with the level of feedback to our ideas or alternative suggestions, meeting Zoe was a breath of fresh air. From the first moments of our conversation it was clear that she had an appreciation for our existing house, and quickly came to understand what we wanted to achieve. However, she wasn't shy in suggesting alternatives based upon her experience, and her vision to fundamentally change the layout of the house is one we followed, and we're very glad that we did. As well as helping to deliver an end result that we're hugely proud of, Zoe and her team were a pleasure to deal with throughout the process. I'd have no hesitation at all in recommending ZLA to friends or family.

Mr & Mrs Tinsdale

We are delighted with our recently completed extension. The brief we gave to Zoe has been fulfilled, and more than we could have ever imagined. Her input was vital. No hesitation in recommending her.

Mr & Mrs Blades

We first met Zoe at our old house as we were thinking about an kitchen extension but then decided to move instead to a house that needed completely updating! So, we had no hesitation in contacting Zoe again. Zoe is very friendly and extremely professional. We didn't have to go back and fourth with the drawings as Zoe got it spot on first time. We also hired Michael, who works with Zoe as our Project Manager and he was worth every penny. Michael, was extremely professional and flexible with his time. We could not have got through it without him. Overall from our initial briefing meeting, we were not disappointed with Zoe and Michael and look forward to working with them again, when we tackle our upstairs next year. Highly Recommend.

Mr & Mrs Pavey

Zoe has done an excellent job on many occasions, she is able to produce work to a high standard and does it with expert knowledge. I would highly recommend Zoe to all.

Mr A Perrot